More on line, Severna Park prevails

After beating Falcons to reach county final, South River falls, 11-6

Boys lacrosse

High School

May 08, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park knew it got outhustled on its turf on Friday in an overtime loss to South River.

So the No. 10-ranked Falcons set out to not let that happen in the Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse championship. Facing the same No. 13 South River team, visiting Severna Park hustled its way to an 11-6 victory last night in Edgewater.

The two coaches agreed that hustle was a big factor in both games. Last night, the Falcons and their superb faceoff man, Brian Borden, epitomized that effort.

"They just stone-cold outhustled us from the start," said South River coach Greg Carroll, whose team fell behind 5-1 in the second quarter and was down 8-4 at the half. "Their faceoff man is just excellent, and he destroyed us."

Borden didn't give the Seahawks (10-5) a chance on faceoffs, winning 18 of 20 draws.

Severna Park (11-4) also outshot the Hawks 45-17 and had the edge in ground balls, 45-32. Senior attackman Mike Osborne led a balanced offense with three goals, as seven Falcons scored.

"Throughout the season, Brian has won over 75 percent of his draws," said Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte. "It's safe to say he dominated. He's definitely the best faceoff man in Anne Arundel County, public or private."

Severna Park became the third county boys team to win the championship game twice since it began in 1996, joining Broadneck (1996, 2001) and Annapolis (1999, 2000)

The Falcons won their other in 1998, Bellotte's rookie season as coach.

On Friday, South River took a 13-12 decision at Severna Park in the final regular-season game. It was a win the Seahawks had to have to qualify for their first championship game.

"They obviously wanted it more than we did that night," Bellotte said. "Anytime the county championship is at your site, you want to win and be in the game."

The Falcons, who had already qualified for the big game, lost their bid for an undefeated regular season, finishing 10-1.

"It feels sweet, because they celebrated on our field Friday like they had won the Super Bowl," Borden said. "We just brought it back to reality. We kept our spirits up [after the loss]. We knew we could take 'em."

Randy Sroka, a junior attack, led South River to the upset of the Falcons with four goals, but last night he was shut out by the Falcons' sophomore defenseman, Tommy Zichelli.

"Tommy Zichelli is going to be one of the best defensemen in the state by the time he is done," said Bellotte, who also credited Jacob Baxter and Dan Schillinger for their defensive efforts last night.

Brandon Wolf led South River with two goals and goalie Charlie Gray, who was pelted from point-blank range most of the night, had 14 saves.

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